Volume 18 · Number 1 · Pages 085–086
Immunoglobulins and Antibodies: Conceptual Projections All the Way Down

Bartlomiej Swiatczak

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Open peer commentary on the article “Maturanian Observer-Dependent Immunology” by Nelson Monteiro Vaz. Abstract: Central to vaccination-induced responses, antibodies are suggested by Vaz to operate as observer-dependent entities that owe their status to categorization schemes of immunologists. Inspired by color research by Maturana, he argues that antibodies should be distinguished from immunoglobulins, which unlike the former can be considered as constituents of structural dynamics of an organism, products of millions of years of evolution. However, a deeper understanding of the historical roots of the concept of immunoglobulin and associated “languaging” and naming processes reveals that immunoglobulins, as much as antibodies, are contingent on conceptual schemes of immunology.


Swiatczak B. (2022) Immunoglobulins and antibodies: Conceptual projections all the way down. Constructivist Foundations 18(1): 085–086. https://constructivist.info/18/1/085

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